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Ottawa athletes get outside to join cancer fight

As the temperature continues to drop, two Ottawa athletes are finding motivation to keep training outdoors.

As the temperature continues to drop, two Ottawa athletes are finding motivation to keep training outdoors.


A few years ago, Theresa Marshall lost her father to cancer after a long battle with the disease.


“There wasn’t a fundraising group dedicated to his kind of cancer,” said the 37-year-old.


So when she heard about the Ottawa chapter of Team in Training, which raises money for the Leukemia and Lymphoma Society of Canada, she decided to help any way she could.


“I thought, if you could find any kind of breakthrough, it translates over to other kinds of cancer,” she said. “It fit well for me, and I wanted to remember my dad by doing this run.”


Marshall and her training partner, Sian Mills, are aiming to raise a total of $16,000 before they race their half-marathon event in Florida in February.


“It’s really great motivation to keep you fit and running through cold weather,” she said. “But if it gets icy, I’ll take it inside on a treadmill.”

 
 
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